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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Photo Management And Sharing Tips From Microsoft's Windows Experience Blog

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 05:22 PM

"Most people have tons of digital photos on their PC scattered around - and Windows Live Photo Gallery makes it super easy to manage those photos, edit them, and then share them out to anyone you want."

Microsoft's windowsteamblog's Brandon LeBlanc has just posted his tips on managing and sharing photos. He starts with organizing your photo collection to panoramic stitching and finally to sharing. What interests me the most is panoramic stitching. To view samples of panoramic stitches, take a look at Brandon's panoramic stitch gallery here. Panoramic stitches gives your audience a greater sense of being there.

If you have panoramic stitches and would like to share them, post links in the comments.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pogoplug Mobile Offers Anywhere-You-Go Streaming

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

"Looking for a drop-dead simple solution for streaming media (photos, music, video) and accessing files from home on your smartphone or tablet? Or how about backing up your smartphone's recently taken photos and video? Well, Pogoplug's new $79 Pogoplug Mobile product offers to do just that."

There's definitely something very appealing about having access to all of your music, videos, and photos anywhere you go. I've solve this by by uploading every photo I've ever taken to Smugmug, every song I have to Amazon's Cloud Drive, and videos...well, I don't have a good solution for that yet. I can access them remotely via my Windows Home Server, but only when that works (the last time it didn't). This is rather appealing, especially given the $79 price point. What solution do you use for everywhere-you-go media access?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Poyomi Photobooks - Your Digital Images Brought Home

Posted by Angelina Purpura in "Digital Home Printing" @ 09:00 AM

Poyomi Photobooks are a simple and elegant solution to the problem most of us have these days: What do I do with all of my digital photos? My own Flickr account alone currently has nearly 22,000 photos,and will surely exceed that soon. I love every photo I've taken, but not enough to print them all, and it's difficult to justify the time of moving all of my favourites to a USB drive and going to the photo store at the mall. But I do wish that I could have copies of some of my more precious images, to show my friends or reminisce over. What better way to order a physical copy of your photos than though your computer/the Internet, where most of them are likely to be stored? Better still, Poyomi allows to to print them directly into scrapbook form, saving you yet another time-consuming process. And for as little as $5.99 for a 20 page book, Poyomi has made it quite affordable too. Read more...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Improve Your Photo Archiving Kung-Fu

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

"Digital photography has made it much easier to capture special moments in our lives. Folks who carry camera phones can always be ready to point and shoot everything from an impromptu family football game to a carefully staged portrait of folks in matching sweaters. There is no longer the need to worry about having only two shots left on a roll of film during the school play or coming back from the drive-through Fotomat or drugstore with fuzzy prints."

This article gives you the basics of what it takes to safely store and maintain your photo collection. Most of the tips are simple, and I doubt anyone reading this site would learn much from the article - but it might be exactly the sort of thing you should pass on to relatives and friends who are less tech-savvy. I'll take issue with one thing in this article: backing up to CDs or DVDs. Many of my home-burned CDs and DVDs are un-readable now; I only recommend backing up to other hard drives, or to the cloud. Optical media is too prone to decay and data loss - just don't do it. And given the prices of hard drives, there's really no smart reason to use optical discs.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Roxio Creator 2011: A Suite 3D Solution

Posted by Eric Juillerat in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 PM

Product Category: Video, Graphics, Photo & Music Software
Manufacturer: Roxio
Where to Buy: [Affiliate]
Price: $82.98 USD
System Requirements (Minimum):Microsoft® 7 (32- or 64-bit), Windows VistaTM SP2 (32- or 64-bit), Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows®XP SP2 (64-bit), Intel® 1.6GHz Pentium 4 processor or AMD equivalent, 512MB RAM for windows XP and 1GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7, 1024x768 DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with at least 16-bit color setting, sound card, DVD-ROM drive, Hard drive with at least 3GB free space for the installation process.
Specifications: External Link


  • Fun, quick, and easy;
  • Huge, capable, fully loaded suite;
  • Learning Center.


  • 3D features won't please everyone;
  • Not all applications in the suite have been improved;
  • Retail price double that of iLife.

Summary:There is a third dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and between Roxio Creator 2010 and 2012 - which indecently is Roxio Creator 2011. I have taken some liberties with Rod Sterling's famous words (see The Twilight Zone), and Roxio has taken some liberties with the notion that two dimensions can be converted into three. But really, how cool would it be to do just that - convert your 2D photos and video into 3D? I put on the included 3D glasses and took a look for myself. Spoiler alert - it's pretty cool! Read more...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 08:57 AM

For those of us living in the US today is Independence Day, the official birth of our country. We celebrate by lighting fires and burning stuff all day long. It begins at the grill where hot dogs, hamburgers and whatever else you want are thrown onto an open flame and end at night where we light enough gunpowder to wake the dead.


I figured anyone in the US reading this site also has a camera and more than a few of us could use a few pointers to make sure that when we take pictures we get more than just some hazy smoke or a blur of flashing streaks across the image. Lifehacker has a few tips in the link below that will make your picture taking result in a better photo gallery. Once done, post links to your favorite shots from your Flickr, Smugmug or whatever online gallery you use for your images.

And Happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 14, 2010

"The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little" - Some Amazing Photos!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:00 PM

"Clark Little is pretty well known today as the foremost shorebreak art photographer (his art has been seen on "Good Morning America", and featured in a number of glossy magazines all over the world). But as much as we like the fantastic shots of various wave' innards, we are even more impressed to see him pitched against dangerous, massive amounts of water - violent waves, where you only have a moment to make that shot and to get out of the harm's way."

These photos are amazing - definitely worth a look!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New "Grunge Appeal" StylePack From Photodex for ProShow and ProShow Gold

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:30 AM

If making slide shows is something you do - professionally or as a hobby - it's worth checking out ProShow from Photodex. It's my absolute favourite tool for making slide shows, and while it has some minor irritations I keep bugging Photodex about fixing, overall it's a really nicely program that makes beautiful slide shows quite easy to make. One of the great things about Proshow is how it can be expanded with StylePacks - relatively cheap, easy to use styles that will give your slide show a whole new look and feel. Above are two videos of what come with the new Grunge Appeal StylePack ($19.95) - there are some great styles in there!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Windows Live Helps You Share Memories

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

"These trends remind us that even with tens of billions of photos being stored on social networking and photo sharing sites, there are hundreds of billions more photos and videos sitting on hard drives around the world. Infotrends reports as many as 210 billion photos on PC hard drives in the US alone."

Digital media has helped everyone preserve their memories much more easily. From digital cameras to camcorders to camera phones, there is a lot of media out there. The folks at Windows Live realize this and have developed a lot of tools to help you tweak and share this media. With all the options available, it is good to see Microsoft keeping current with the competition. What I am impressed with is that, there is actually enough storage either at home, or in the cloud, to handle all of our memories and then some! It almost makes me think one would never have to do anything like cleaning up our computers.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fotopedia Seeks To Be The Photo Destination

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

"After traveling the world, I wanted to share my photos with others. Flickr and other photo sites give you exposure for only a brief window in time, and adding photos to wikipedia proved too complicated for the average user. This sparked the idea for a ‘wikipedia of photos’ - that combines the permanence and community collaboration of wikipedia with the ease of use of consumer desktop applications."

Fotopedia has just launched, offering a site that looks to combine the ideas of Wikipedia, Flickr and Digg. Imagine a community managed Wikipedia that provides an easier to use interface that allows people to upload relevant photos to an article. The photos are then rated by the community on inclusion with that article. The result is an information resource that is far more vibrant than the text heavy Wikipedia. After checking out some random articles, the information is a bit on the light side, much like if I were reading the Simple English Wikipedia, but fortunately, they also provide links to Wikipedia for those who want to know more. The photos themselves look stunning and really help put some context to statistics and facts. In essence, imagine Fotopedia to be a compliment to Wikipedia for those who learn and experience things through pictures, instead of words.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Photofiddle Turns Photos Into Artwork

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 PM

"Photofiddle produces their artwork on canvas (unframed and rolled), art prints (unframed and rolled), as framed artwork, or as canvas wrapped on stretchers. Prices can vary wildly, depending upon the end size and the style chosen. I was told my Photofiddle design would be of the canvas wrapped on stretchers variety, and that my size choices would be 18? x 18? (if I chose a square piece), or 24? x 16? if I went with a more traditional rectangular design."

A while ago, GearDiary took the opportunity to try out Photofiddle, a website that specializes in taking photos and turning them into various kinds of prints. It starts with uploading, or sending them a photo, which they jazz up with a wide variety of filters and touch up tools. You can then opt to have your final result placed on a canvas or print. The touch up tools are nice, though nothing special compared to what you might finder with an online photo editor. However, the ability to put a photo on canvas or print makes Photofiddle stand out. Honestly, I'm not sure if I'd make any prints for myself, as I'm not a photo album kind of guy, but, I can imagine a few people who would definately appreciate these as gifts!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Going Mobile in September

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:50 AM

"Adobe® Mobile is the easiest way to upload, view, and share your photos online from your phone. All you need is a supported Windows Mobile phone and your account ID. Mobile beta will be available as a free download in September."

Adobe claims that Mobile will only support the MOTO Q, Blackjack, and Treo 700/750 series, although we're willing to bet most other Windows Mobile devices will handle it just fine as long as Flash is installed. At any rate, we'll let you know the moment it's available.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Kodak Bringing Media Hub To Your Living Room

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

"ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today unveiled the KODAK Theatre HD Player, a High Definition (HD) media player that enables consumers to interact more freely and creatively with their most valuable possessions -- their memories. Harnessing Wi-Fi and HD technologies, a wide array of organizational and display features and access to online content through unique partners, the KODAK Theatre HD Player turns consumers into the directors of their own show with a wireless remote control pointer in-hand. The device will roll out in stages, with a market trial commencing in September 2008."

It looks like Kodak will be bringing their own HD media hub to your living room, the KODAK Theatre HD Player, which appears to be in competition with Windows Media Center and Apple TV. I haven't seen any pictures of the interface or actual hardware, but it will be really difficult to compete with Media Center's interface and Apple TV's hardware. Right now it looks like it will only be able to display video at 720p, why wouldn't they have this device future-proofed and give it the ability to display at 1080p??? I'm not too excited about this device, but I'll have to see the final hardware before making final judgement.

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